As someone who studies knowledge production and circulation, I think a lot about the consequences of my own knowledge-making endeavours. My research is guided by and responsive to the interests and commitments of Hopi colleagues and friends.
Instead of the one-time consent typically required by academic institutional review boards, I have come to see ongoing mediation as the most important principle of my work. This means that I check in and consult with tribal members at all stages of the research process: from project conception and design, to implementation, to dissemination.
My research is conducted under a permit issued by the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office. Their website and research protocols can be found here.